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Inauguration of Thakot-Havelian Expressway of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been delayed due to the ongoing corona pandemic.

MUHAMMAD ASAD CHAUDHRY    ISLAMABAD-The inauguration of Thakot-Havelian Expressway of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been delayed due to the ongoing corona pandemic. An 80 kilometre long portion from Mansehra to Thakot was set to be completed in the last week of February 2020. However, when contacted the project director Ashfaq Ahmed Khan informed that the construction work has almost been completed and project is ready for handing over and taking over—a formal transfer of any road by contractor to the custodian. READ MORE: PM announces extension of partial lockdown for next two weeks He, however, informed that the same process could not be initiated due to the ongoing corona pandemic because movement is curtailed due to lockdown in the country. The said portion is a part of 120 kilometre long expressway being constructed by M/s China Communications Construction Company Ltd under CPEC that is divided into two sections, a 40 kilometre long Havelian to Manshera section a

Coronavirus runs roughshod over debt-laden belt and road projects

Diplomacy South China Morning Post Developing countries’ ‘hidden debts’ to China totalled US$380 billion well before the global health and economic crisis, analysts estimate Montenegro, which has a US$750 million Chinese loan for highway construction, is among the borrowers seeing commodity prices plunge and exchange rates shift Topic | Coronavirus outbreak Mark Magnier Published:  12:05am, 15 Apr, 2020 Updated:  1:34am, 15 Apr, 2020 In 2014, the tiny Eastern European country of Montenegro saw an opportunity to catapult onto the world stage when it borrowed US$750 million from China to build a highway between the Adriatic Sea and Serbia. The highway, funded as part of President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative, would spur the economy and help pave the young nation’s entry into the European Union.   Six years later, with the coronavirus pandemic destroying lives and economies worldwide, massive debt and “highway to nowhere” concerns hound the 103-mile Bar-Boljare venture

Panjgur: Several persons went missing during operation

Current Balochistan Date:  14 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Pakistan military forces conducted an operation, arrested and disappeared several persons in Panjgur district of Balochistan on Tuesday. According to the details, today at earlier morning Pakistan forces started a military operation in areas of Balgatar and forcefully disappeared several persons. Who have been identified as Khuda Baksh s/o Deenar, Sepabo s/o Lal Mohammad, Nadil s/o Lal Mohammad, Iqbal s/o Rasheed and Dil Murad s/o Madat. The forces closed the roads entering the areas while the troops carried out raids on different houses, gunship helicopters had bee used during the operation. women including children aslo were reported to be harassed. Military operations are common in Balochitan and many civilians have been abducted in operations from different areas of Balochistan in last few years. It is to mention that the problem of missing persons in Balochistan is getting worse day by day, while protests are taking place in

Pakistani forces and oil and gas company were attacked in Kahan and Margat, BLA claims responsibility

Current Balochistan Date:  14 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Pakistani forces were attacked in Margat and oil and gas company personnel in the Kahan area of ​​Balochistan on Tuesday, BLA has claimed the responsibility of both attacks. According to details, today at earlier morning, oil and gas company personnel were attacked with improvised explosive device (IED) in Ristri area of Kahan and Pakistani forces were also reported to had been attacked with an IED in Margat area of Bolan. The both explosion has caused casualties to Pakistani officials, but authorities have not yet commented on the incident. In a media released statement a Baloch separatist group BLA claims responsibility of Margat and Kahan attacks. “Baloch Liberation Army fighters attacked the Personnel of Pakistani army and agents of oil and gas exploration company in two different attacks” said Jeeyand Baloch, BLA’s spokesman in the statement. He explained, The first attack was carried out in the “Ristri” area of Kahan when BL

Child sex abuse in Pakistan’s religious schools is endemic

By KATHY GANNON yesterday PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he faithfully attended in the southern Punjab town of Pakpattan took him into a washroom and tried to rape him. Muhimman’s aunt, Shazia, who wanted only her first name used, said she believes the abuse of young children is endemic in Pakistan’s religious schools. She said she has known the cleric, Moeed Shah, since she was a little girl and describes him as an habitual abuser who used to ask little girls to pull up their shirts. ADVERTISEMENT “He has done wrong with boys and also with two or three girls,” Shazia said, recalling one girl the cleric brutalized so badly he broke her back. Full Coverage:  Pakistan An investigation by The Associated Press found dozens of police